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Python Python Collections (2016, retired 2019) Tuples Packing

Anthony Lopez
Anthony Lopez
963 Points

Multiplying with *args

Hey guys,

Not sure why I'm getting:

Bummer: Couldn't multiply valid values together

I'm using a for loop to put each value into an empty list. Then at the end I'm returning the product of taking the first value in the list and multiplying it with the rest of the values of the list.

At least that was my intention. Am I doing this wrong?


def multiply(*args):
    new_list = []
    for arg in args:
    return new_list[0] * new_list [1:]

1 Answer

Oskar Lundberg
Oskar Lundberg
9,534 Points

The problem is at the 'new_list[0] * new_list [1:]', Let's say you put in a bunch of ints into the fuction, for example multiple(2, 2, 2, 2) Then new_list would be equal to [2, 2, 2, 2]. The 'new_list[0] * new_list [1:]' part then returns 2 * [2, 2, 2], which comes out as [2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] (The list multiplies by the first arg).

I personally didn't solve this challenge with slices, but here is how I solved the challenge:

def multiply(*args):
    product = 0
    for arg in args:
        if product == 0:
            product = arg
            product *= arg
    return product

^Hope this helps you :D